The new Valentine’s Day Massacre?

As I was browsing through my reader this morning, I saw a post from CARAMEL. In her post, she refers to Valentine’s Day.

Now, I’ve been married almost 21 years. In fact our anniversary is next month. See? I do remember it! That’s probably not long in comparison to a lot of you, but plenty long enough to have decided whether she’s a good’un or not*.

* most of the time πŸ™‚

On the subject of Valentine’s Day, we both agree that we can’t be bothered. As with many festivals, it just seems like an excuse for somebody to try and sell us something. Wrap something in a pretty bow, claim it is for Valentine’s, then double the price. And, it’s probably something we never wanted in the first place!

But in saying that, I’m aware that I am the original Ebenezer Scrooge! (Okay, maybe not quite the original πŸ™‚) But certainly starting to fit nicely into the role of grumpy old man. So, I wondered what you guys thought of it?

I’ll try to create a poll to let you just answer good/bad, but feel free to expand your view in my comments if you wish.

And then I’ll try and figure out the results. If they don’t appear as if by magic, I’ll put them in a comment in a couple of days.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

8 thoughts on “The new Valentine’s Day Massacre?”

  1. We don’t buy gifts but we take the opportunity to go away for the weekend (just not on the date because it’s more expensive like you said), we do something fun together. I like to not let the opportunity go by to give my spin on it πŸ™‚ So yes, in our own way, we do celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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    1. Yes, we used to go on holiday during term-time for that same reason. Plus, we always headed south, so the weather was better in any case. I have brilliant memories of watching the French Open tennis while down in the Dordogne.
      I hope when you go, you have a wonderful time!

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  2. Yeah I’m not big on these calendar days that everybody celebrates. Don’t do any of it. No need to. If I love you know 365 days a year. Every day is special. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

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  3. When we first met, he brought me roses and over dinner, I’d later laughed with my son cos he knows roses are my least favourite flowers. Hubby said “right. that’s it, I’m never buying you flowers again!” and he didn’t — for years lol.

    He always gets me a card and sometimes flowers from a petrol station. I don’t particularly like these raggy bunches of mismatched, multi-coloured poor excuse for flowers but if I say anything, he’ll stop!

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    1. I remember I bought her a smelly bouquet when we first met, but I have done so less and less over the years, just because of the psychology of it. Why is he trying to butter me up? Or, what has he done that he feels the need to buy me flowers? So it is easier just not to go there.
      Having said that, I used to live in a flat on my own and bought flowers every week just to brighten the place up. I still love the vivid colours now.
      Daughter sometimes brings wife flowers when she visits – she is immensely proud that she can pick them up for 5p when Asda reduce everything which needs to be cleared that day.

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  4. Reblogged this on Stroke Survivor and commented:

    A couple of days ago I posted on here, below, which had a poll in it.

    Fair enough, it was a bit of nonsense, and only one person other than myself decided to vote (the opposite way to me, as it goes. It generally seems a bit weird to like my own posts – of course I bloody like it, otherwise it’d never have gone live! – but I have no problem voting in my own polls).

    The post, fair enough, expressed my view, but I also used it as an opportunity to see how polls worked, in case I want to use them in the future. If you read the post, then you’ll have seen that I got that working fine, and that the resulrs, such as they are, did all appear by magic.

    But I did find something quite sinister, so it is worth reading on.

    I went to I didn’t check, but from the look and feel, it seemed exactly like a WordPress site. It even accepted my WordPress credentials. I went onto ths site, created my free account, and created my poll.

    In the process, I saw that CrowdSignal also offered a premium account. Paid-for, of course. First question: what’s the difference?

    I saw that if I bought a premium account, one of the things it would buy me is the IP address of every voter. Now, whether we realise it or not, we all have an IP address. Every time we connect to the internet, our ISP hands us an IP address. If somebody views dodgy content on the internet, this is how the authorities will get them. It’ll require court orders and the like if the authorities want your ISP to divulge your identity, but the data trail is there, if anybody bothers to look for it.

    So, the IP address basically identifies who we are. Not our names, but our computer. How far it goes, beyond that, will depend. But the buck doesn’t necessarily stop there.

    So I guess what I am saying is just to be careful if you respond to one of these polls – they’re not necessarily as anonymous as you might think.


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